Friday, September 19, 2014

the wedding: part 1

As promised, here are a few of my favorite shots from our wedding.  There's no way I could even come close to describing how perfect our wedding day was, so I am just going to let the pictures tell the story. 

Getting ready:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Long time no post!
Life has been busy, to say the least.  Since my last post, my dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor, I got married, I moved across the country, I started a new job, Ben started a new job, we moved into a new apartment, and most recently we bought a house.
2014 has been a real doozy and we've still got three months left.  As we settle into our new house I want to try and keep this blog up to date.  It has already been such an exciting experience, I want to document each and every bit... well maybe not the crazy stressful bits!
beltline lantern parade
Our new dining room lights are my favorite diy project yet!
braves country
oh that's right... new adorable kitty too! meet bay!
cross country move! 
I will have to do a post soon to recap our beautiful wedding! It will probably take at least two posts if we're being realistic.  And then there are all of the home projects! This chapter of my life is so fulfilling and exciting.  I can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me... and the new husband!

How's 2014 been treating you? Can you believe it's already the beginning of fall??

Monday, October 28, 2013

Who knew...

That picking out a wedding dress would be the easiest choice ever, while picking out bridesmaid dresses would be a nightmare.  I found my dress on etsy and fell in love in a second.  I ordered it the next day and when it came it fit like a dream, nothing needed to be done at all!

Bridesmaid dresses have been a whole other story.  I want to make sure my bridesmaids will wear the dress again and actually like it, which is a bit tough when there are five ladies who don't all have the same style. There's quite a long facebook message where I went back and forth between quite a few dresses.  A few weeks ago I was pretty sure I had found the perfect dress to meet all of the requirements. So we ordered them! Just so you know one of my ladies is currently in France so we wanted to make sure this was the one!

Well the dresses showed up a few days ago and the sizes were all crazy.  As in 3 girls could only fit into a size 8 but they couldn't fit in the size 10... makes perfect sense right? We're now trying to figure out how best to make things work.  We're a bit worried about trying to return the dresses and having incorrect sizes sent once again.

Any idea as to how much alterations cost or a way to make an unzippable dress zip? Any advice is much appreciated, it's a pretty frustrating situation especially when i feel pretty darn useless all the way in Arizona!


Friday, August 30, 2013

Finding the right spot...

So as you know about 7 months ago I moved to wild wild west.  Well, Ben followed me and we love our new life here in Arizona.   So when we got engaged, one of our biggest questions was do we have the wedding in our new home, or back in Georgia.

We ultimately decided it was more cost effective to have the wedding in Georgia, since that way we would most likely be the only ones flying in.  Then the hunt was on for the perfect wedding venue.  We knew we wanted to be married outside and we were very drawn to the idea of a rustic or southern wedding.  Since Georgia is, well Georgia, it wasn't tough to find a variety of outside venues and most of them were basically perfect... except for the price tag! Most of the venues were in between 4 and 6 thousand... completely out of our price range.  We literally spent an entire weekend researching different venues, trying to find one that fit our style and our price range.

We went back and forth between a state park, a barn, and a garden center for quite some time.  After a bit of researching and googling we decided against the state park due to weather concerns and the fact it was in the middle of nowhere. It was down to the Rock Barn and the Marietta Garden Center, both located in Marietta, GA.  After looking at every picture I possibly could on both venue's webpages and facebooks, I was definitely leaning more towards the barn.  So of course I asked my beautiful mom to go check them out for me.  She and my step dad went on a hunt and took tons of pictures.  After hearing their opinions and looking through the pictures we had found our venue.  We will be getting married at the Marietta Garden Center!

 It only cost $1000 to rent it out from 7:30 - 11:00, so it was definitely a steal! If all goes well with the weather, we will be able to get married under the gazebo and have a gorgeous wedding picnic.  If not, we still have a gorgeous inside area for all of our festivities.  This was definitely the hardest part of planning so far and I am so happy to have everything set in stone.  Now it's on to the more exciting things, like our invitations and decorations!

Here's to happy wedding planning!
- Liz